The study and dissemination of web-based alcohol screening and brief intervention Associate Professor Kypros Kypri University of Newcastle, Australia Event as iCalendar

16 April 2013

Location: University of Auckland, Tamaki campus

The World Wide Web began to be discussed as a medium for delivering alcohol intervention soon after its inception in the mid-1990s. Hundreds of papers proclaim the potential of the web to meet the needs of the majority of people with unhealthy alcohol use who never seek professional help, for supplementing face-to-face care, and for overcoming the “tyranny of distance” in providing care to people in remote areas. More than 100 randomised controlled trials and at least 20 reviews have been published in the scientific literature, covering a diverse set of interventions, population groups, and settings.

A behavioural scientist interested in the evaluation of interventions to reduce unhealthy alcohol use, Associate Professor Kypros Kypri was trained in experimental psychology and public health at the University of Otago and holds a NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship for research on the prevention of alcohol-related injury. He leads a programme of research at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Newcastle, in four interconnected streams: (1) Methodology, (2) Prevalence and Risk Factors, (3) Intervention Trials, and (4) Policy Evaluation. In this presentation, Associate Professor Kypri examines research evidence, including the latest trials, on the effectiveness of web-based programs for reducing unhealthy alcohol consumption, distinguishing between help-seeking and non-help-seeking population groups. He also discusses methodological challenges arising in evaluation of these interventions.